Quiet Money Studios
Linn Records (September 2015)
Liane Carroll's Seaside is a mix of original songs and covers broadly following a seashore theme, with sterling accompaniment comprising piano trio, guitar and brass. It was named 'Best New CD' at the 2015 British Jazz Awards.
Liane brings a refreshing approach to Billie Holiday's 'I Cover The Waterfront', Kurt Weill's 'My Ship' and Nina Simone's 'Wild is the Wind', plus 'Almost Like Being In Love' - famous as the closing track to the blockbuster hit Groundhog Day. The title song, 'Seaside', was specially written for Liane by Joe Stilgoe which sees the singer return Liane's favour of guesting on his cover of Brian Wilson's 'I Just Wasn't Made For These Times' from his latest album 'New Songs For Old Souls'.
The album reunites Liane with multi-GRAMMY nominated producer and trumpeter James McMillan who worked on her previous two albums. Liane's rhythm section comprises Malcolm Edmonstone (piano), Mark Edwards (piano), Ian Thomas (drums) and Steve Pearce (bass) with guest musicians Rob Luft (guitar) and Andy Wood (brass).
"It's a haunting piece ["Seaside"], beautifully arranged, which brings out her extraordinary ability to absorb the essence of a song and deliver it with such candour that you scarcely notice the artistry involved."
4 Stars, The Observer
"Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe."
4 stars, Mojo
4 Stars, Jazzwise
"...casually expressive, unblinkingly honest, and often charmingly autobiographical album by the superb British standards-and-ballads singer Liane Carroll..."
4 Stars, The Guardian
"Liane Carroll has that rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power. It should be no surprise then that her latest album, Seaside, combines all this with a savvy sophistication befitting of one of Britains finest jazz singers."
"Another great British musician; a big fan of hers, well worth your time, the whole album…the title track is a beautiful one written by Joe Stilgoe."
"Liane Carroll has to be the most flexible singer in the business, capable of such sensitive delicacy one minute and such gutsy raunchiness the next. This disc continues her purple patch."
The Jazz Breakfast
Live In Session:
"She was great. Its a really good album."
Robert Elms (BBC Radio London)
"Liane Carroll's finest work to date."
"Bei Seaside stimmt absolut alles, wodurch dieses Album unbestreitbar zu den horenswertesten Jazzneuheiten zahlt."
The New Listener
"Carroll sends her big, warm voice swinging through 'Almost Like Being In Love' and the Morecambe and Wise theme, 'Bring Me Sunshine'. There's soul here, too, on a version of 'Mercy Now' by Mary Gauthier; a sensitive take on Alison Krauss's already fragile 'Get Me Through December' is set to prompt oceans of tears."
4 Stars, The Evening Standard
"... immaculately produced by James McMillan, this is not only Carroll's best disc, but one of the finest non-classical releases in the Linn catalogue."
The Herald Scotland
"...an inviting musical promenade which encounters sunny exuberance, swaggering grooves and tender, reassuring love, sometimes tinged with melancholy."
"She is just the biggest, best bundle of musical fun you could possibly imagine. She is also one of the most fantastic jazz singers and pianists in the world. She's a real star."
Jazz House, BBC Scotland
"The title number, written by the irrepressible Joe Stilgoe, has to be one of the finest new songs of the year, the bittersweet lyrics burnished by Evan Jolly's brass-band arrangement."
The Sunday Times
"The warm-voiced and open-hearted singer and pianist Liane Carroll pays tribute to her home port of Hastings, nailing her colours affectionately and often passionately to the mast."
4 Stars, The Scotsman
"She has the remarkable ability to sing every song totally from the heart as if she has just written it herself."
Jazz Line-Up (BBC Radio 3)
'another outstanding project'
Bebop Spoken Here
'This is a wonderful album by one of our greatest jazz talents so full of quality and diversity. I doubt if there will be a better vocal based recording issued anywhere this year.'
Quietmoney Recordings -(2013)(distribution via Proper)
Ballads is her second album produced by Multi-Grammy nominated producer and trumpeter James McMillan, who also produced 2011's critically acclaimed Up and Down. Hailed as Carroll's first true 'studio' album, Up and Down, featured a wide range of settings for her spectacular voice, from the stripped back intimacy of piano and vocals to the rich warmth of strings and orchestral brass and it's a formula utilised to even more devastating effect on Ballads with arrangements especially written for Carroll by Los Angeles based, critically acclaimed orchestrator/arranger Chris Walden. The result is an album that is a blue-tinged, melancholic masterpiece that transcends genre and might just be Carroll's richest artistic statement yet and one that marks her as one of the world's greatest singers.
"She seems in some magical way to be made out of music"
"Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest"
"She can shred hearts"
"The real thing"
The Independent on Sunday
Liane Carroll & Brian Kellock: Live at the Lampie
"a world of magisterial improv, heartworn balladry, transfixing solos and moments of utter exhilaration."
"May well be British jazz's greatest double act".
4 Stars, Peter Quinn
"Every phrase she sings sounds unstudied, fresh and somehow inevitable."
"Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest style of singing."
4 Stars, THE TIMES
"Slowdown is this world-class singer's world-class record, and the expression doing more with less might have been written for it."
4 Stars, The Guardian
"One spine-tingling song after another."
The Sunday Times
"The real thing"
4 Stars, The Independent on Sunday
'Her arrangement of Janis Ian's 'At Seventeen' is close to musical perfection"